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Lew Sichelman

Lew Sichelman

Lew Sichelman is an independent journalist who has been covering the housing and mortgage markets for more than 40 years.

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Rising mortgage balances and home prices in Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data will be heartening for consumers that want to sell, but reflect challenges for those who want to buy.
Opes Advisors shows would-be borrowers how purchasing a house fits into their total financial picture, now and years into the future. Many of its loan officers are licensed investment advisors.
Many consumers without traditional credit scores have nearly identical risk profiles to those who can be assessed the conventional way, representing an untapped market, according to a report by VantageScore.
The jury is still out on whether new sports stadiums are economic engines for their communities. But when it comes to housing alone, new stadiums are a boon for local home sales, but don't always contribute to home price appreciation.
The next administration in the White House must act swiftly to move reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac off dead center, and Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer suggested that the model for a new secondary market is already in place.
When the limits on two of Bill Johnson's credit cards were lowered from $20,000 to $6,000, his outstanding balances jumped from a perfectly acceptable 20% to a dangerously high 66%.
Teardowns in which builders or private individuals purchase an aging, outmoded house, then demolish it and replace it with a modern home that will suit today's homeowners are currently on a tear.
Technology developed by SmartZip analyzes 2,000 variables about a housing market and its homeowners to help real estate agents and lenders identify consumers most likely to sell their house or need a new mortgage.
Intensive year-long program features program managers as coaches, business segment rotations and even group hugs.
In something of a cruel irony, homebuilders are finding constraints on construction financing easing, but little in the way of quality lots on which to put up their houses.
A Florida investment advisor says he has devised a path to homeownership for high-earning young professionals saddled with student loans: refinance them into 100% loan-to-value mortgages, placed in his firm's portfolio.
Home equity lenders are putting more loans on the books, thanks to increasing property values. But utilization rates are falling, not increasing, and older loans are paying off at a faster clip than lenders can replace them.
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